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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - The rebuild of a Delaware bridge expected to be completed last Thanksgiving after initial delays is now expected to extend into March.

Delaware Department of Transportation spokesman C.R. McLeod told The News Journal of Wilmington on Monday those delays have added an extra $1 million to Del. 141 bridge's cost. Mumford and Miller Concrete Inc. planned to begin construction last summer, but delays pushed the start date to fall.


The access ramp on southbound Route 13 near the Centre at Salisbury will reopen on Monday.

It’s been closed since July forcing travelers to detour east of Naylor Mill Road exit in order to travel south on Route 13.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the closure was required to rehabilitate the bridge on the eastbound side of the bypass that crosses Route 13.

Meanwhile, there will be a temporary median crossover for work on the southbound bridges north of Route 50 near the Norfolk Southern Railroad overpass, Old Ocean City Road and Ocean Gateway.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Department of Transportation says a bridge rehabilitation project on northbound Interstate 95 near Wilmington is likely to result in traffic delays.

WDEL-FM reports the project will require removing a lane of travel for a stretch of road north of Wilmington beginning Sunday evening.

Director of public affairs C.R. McLeod says the department acknowledges the work is going to cause an inconvenience. Alternative routes will be available.

The department says the project is expected to be done by early November.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - The State Highway Administration says bridge work on U.S. 40 just west of Frederick will affect traffic trying to enter westbound Interstate 70 from the state highway.

The agency says in a statement it's closing the westbound U.S. 40 ramp to westbound I-70 for two nights, starting as early as Tuesday.

On those nights, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., westbound U.S. 40 traffic will be detoured to southbound Route 17 and through the town of Myersville before rejoining I-70.

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The Delaware Department of Transportation says it plans to spend most of the $55 million allocated by the state legislature on fixing bridges and repairing roads next year.

DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohan said that the money will help fill a six-year $180 million shortfall.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that almost all of the money approved by the state legislature came from 13 vehicle fees along with $25 million in bonds.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State transportation officials are warning motorists of nighttime closures on the I-495 bridge over the Christina River this week.

Officials say the left and center northbound lanes between the Terminal Avenue and 12th Street exits, as well as the left southbound lane,  will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. from Monday through Thursday.

The nighttime closures are in lieu of previously scheduled daytime closure on Monday.

The lane closures are needed so that workers can remove two temporary steel girders.

The Delaware Department of Transportation plans to accelerate the repair work on the I-95 bridge over the Brandywine in Wilmington.

Barry Benton with the bridge department told the Wilmington News Journal that the increased traffic from the I-495 has had its effect on the bridge decking.

The department expects work on the bridge to begin within the next two years.

It will involve replacement of the six-lane concrete deck and barrier walls as well as repairs for cracks in the concrete piers.


WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The removal of a massive mound of dirt suspected of causing a nearby interstate bridge in Delaware to tilt is almost complete.

Officials have said removing the dirt is the first step in getting the bridge repaired and reopened to traffic, a process expected to take weeks, if not months.

Two backhoes continued to claw away Sunday at the dirt mound beside the bridge, which normally carries about 90,000 vehicles a day on the Interstate 495 bypass around Wilmington.

The Route 13 bridge that connects Worcester and Somerset counties is expected to see some traffic pattern changes this morning as the state begins a $14.4 million upgrade project.

The State Highway Administration plans to replace bridge decks on the northbound lanes and resurface the decks on the southbound lanes.

The state also plans to repair steel beams and concrete surfaces of the bridge piers.

It will also get a new paint job.

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Traffic delays should be expected due to a lane closure on northbound Delaware Route 1 at Tybouts Corner in the morning and afternoon as maintenance crews carry out some bridge work.

This will include crack sealing of the bridge decks, hot-mix repairs and riprap replacement to deal with erosion.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that this should continue until November 1st.

The Delaware Department of Transportation says the right lane is shutdown where the highway curves to cross over U.S. 13 just south of Hamburg Road.